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John Wick 2 Director to Adapt Image Comic Analog

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Chad Stahelski will direct Analog, a movie adaptation of the Image Comic. Following years of work performing and planning stunts for some major Hollywood films, Stahelski made a major breakthrough with the help of Keanu Reeves. These two and David Leitch brought John Wick to theaters and introduced everyone to a brand new action franchise. While Leitch moved on to Deadpool 2, Stahelski took full control of the director job for John Wick: Chapter 2 and will do so again for John Wick: Chapter 3.

There's currently no word on if the franchise will continue beyond the threequel, or if Stahelski would want to return for further installments. Regardless, the director has capitalized on the John Wick craze to line up several jobs. One of them is a reboot of Highlander, but he's also diving into comic book territory with Ed Brubaker's Kill or Be Killed. He isn't stopping there either.

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THR reports that Stahelski is now set to direct a live-action adaptation of one of Image Comic's newer creations, Analog. The movie will be based on the comic from Gerry Duggan and David O'Sullivan. Ryan Condal is going to write the script following his work on USA's Collony and Dwayne Johnson's Rampage. Condal and Stahelski already have a working relationship thanks to Highlander. Stahelski and Leitch's production banner 87eleven will produce the film for Lionsgate, who won the rights to the package after a reportedly heated bidding war.

For those unfamiliar, Analog takes place in a not-too-distant future where online security has been destroyed. The lack of security creates new positions called "Ledger Men" who protect the secrets of different individuals by storing them all in a briefcase that is handcuffed to them. The star of the series is Jack McGinnis, a man described as a "human punching-bag" in the premise of Analog #1. McGinnis doesn't just stick to hand-to-hand combat though, and is typically found wielding a gun in his non-briefcase hand.

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The internet security angle of Analog could make is an especially timely adaptation as major hacks continue to happen. Moving away from the internet for sensitive information isn't too big of a leap to make in the current climate. But, it is all the other details that should make Stahelski a great fit for this adaptation. After all, his work helped coin the phrase gun-fu, thanks to how smoothly John Wick operates. Speaking of that character, this Lionsgate and Stahelski pairing could help give Keanu Reeves a new franchise to tackle. There's no current reports of Reeves being eyed, but it is easy to see him in the role, and it'd be surprising if they don't at least ask. Such casting is still a ways off considering the movie was just announced, but this is a project to look out for in the future.

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Analog is currently in development but does not have a release date.

Source: THR

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